#TheLifeOrganic

IS EATING ORGANIC WORTH IT?

The health conscious of us make sure to get our daily intake of fruit and veg, and we normally feel pretty smug about it.

However, if your not buying organic then your fruit and veg may not be as healthy as you think, and may instead be teeming with nasty pesticides and other chemicals.

So, we’ll be exploring whether buying organic is really worth the extra price tag and whether you should make the switch to the organic section of the supermarket.

WHAT DOES ORGANIC EVEN MEAN?

Essentially, eating organic means that your food source is not genetically modified, and is free of chemicals such as pesticides and synthetic fertilisers. This way you’re getting the purest, healthiest form of food possible the way nature intended.

 

BENEFITS OF EATING ORGANIC

Organic food usually has a higher quantity of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and bioflavonoids.

This means better skin, greater prevention of health conditions such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s, and higher energy levels.

What’s even more is that according to sources, organic food has been shown to taste better, with a more intense flavour and aroma, minus the nasties [1].

Choosing organic is an effective way of safeguarding yourself from cancer risks, which are associated with the use of the pesticides.

Generally, it is generally accepted that organic food production is better for the environment too, with farmers more focused on sustainable farming methods, and the use of renewable resources.

Eating organic means that you’re helping your health, the environment and your local farmers.

Bonus points: Most organic food is grown on a local scale so you’re supporting your local farmers livelihood.

 

HEALTH RISKS OF NON-ORGANIC FOODS

Eating organic is the best way to eliminate the harmful effects of the chemicals found in non-organic foods, which pose many health risks.

These include;

Exposure to chemicals found in non-organic foods such as pesticides increase your risk of blood disorders, nerve disorders, brain and nervous system toxicity, reproductive issues, and can even cause birth defects and developmental disorders in unborn children for pregnant women.

Pesticides are linked to increased cancer risks, with 30% of insecticides, 60% of herbicides and 90% of fungicides considered carcinogenic [2].

If you eat meat you’re also eating everything the animals have been fed. For non-organically farmed meat this often means antibiotics, synthetic hormones and other drugs [3], meaning  you’re essentially playing Russian roulette with your health.

 

THE 'DIRTY DOZEN'

Prioritise eating organic when it comes to fruit and vegetables, as these often contain the highest concentration of pesticides. If you’re running low on cash and can’t afford to buy all your fruit and vegetables organic, then try and avoid in particular  ‘The Dirty Dozen’.

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ include [4];

Strawberries, apples, nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, capsicum, cherry tomatoes and cucumber.

On the flip side, produce such as avocados, eggplant, pineapple, broccoli and onions are less likely to contain a high concentration of pesticides, so save some money  and grab whatever deals you can :).

When it comes down to it, eating organic is definitely the better choice for your health, albeit maybe not your wallet. However, whilst it may be more expensive, it will pay off in the long run; so prioritize your well-being and choose organic.

To make eating organic easier, all The Bondi Blends mixes are packed full of cost-effective and convenient Superfood goodness (with plenty of the ingredients being organic!) to ensure you get the most out of your dietetic pursuits  and  help you be your healthiest.

So if you care about your health, the environment and getting the best nutritional value possible,then eating organic is clearly the way to go.

[1] http://theplate.nationalgeographic.com/2014/07/14/organic-foods-are-tastier-and-healthier-study-finds/

[2] http://www.care2.com/greenliving/17-essential-reasons-to-eat-organic-food.html

[3] http://www.care2.com/greenliving/17-essential-reasons-to-eat-organic-food.html

[4] https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php

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